On the day that Archbishop Nichols was named cardinal-elect by Pope Francis Terence Weldon has revealed on his blog Queering the Church that Archbishop Nichols has met on two occasion representatives of Quest, the homosexual group banned by his predecessor Cardinal Basil Hume because of their advocacy of homosexual sexual activity.
Terence Weldon writes:
‘At the time of the move of the Soho Masses congregation to Farm Street, he has met with the full congregation at a reception after the first Mass, he has met with the full Westminster LGBT Pastoral Council, and with the current chair and vice-chair of Quest (and with an earlier chair, two years ago).
He was also one of the first senior bishops to temper his public opposition to gay marriage, with a statement that there could be value in civil unions for same – sex couples.
LGBT Catholics should be grateful that we now have a friend in high places. He has already been named to the Congregation for bishops, and will participate in the selection of new men for the office, and is likely to participate in time, in the next conclave to elect Pope Francis’ successor. ‘
In a letter to Charles Keal, Quest’s chairman at the time, Cardinal Hume wrote explaining that his decision to remove it from the list of approved Catholic organisations was that if an organization was listed with ecclesiastical approval, “the assumption must be that it accepts the church’s teaching set out in a manner that is in no way ambiguous.” The cardinal further explained Quest’s rejection of living ‘chaste lives in accordance with the church’s teaching’ raised concern about the direction Quest was taking. ”It is one thing for the church officially to recognize a support group for Catholic homosexual men and women, struggling, as we all do, to live up to the demands of our shared Christian vocation,” but was clear that an explicit part of Quest’s agenda is “to encourage and recognize loving same-sex partnerships,” which the church cannot accept.’
Quest’s constitution clearly sets out their promotion of an active homosexual life-style:
‘The purpose of Quest is to proclaim the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ so as to sustain and increase Christian belief among homosexual men and women by:
1. associating lay men and women who are seeking ways of reconciling the full practice of their Catholic faith with the full expression of their homosexual natures in loving Christian relationships, and providing opportunities for them to meet together for worship, discussion and study.
Quest’s website unambiguously expresses their dissent from the Church’s teaching on the sinfulness of homosexual sex:
[H]omosexual sex is not an incomplete or less perfect expression of human sexuality … I also want to affirm that I regard heterosexual and homosexual sex as having the same potential and value … I disagree fundamentally with Church teaching on this issue.
‘[T]he teaching of the Vatican Congregations….is incompatible with the Gospel”
“Quest, an association for lesbian and gay Catholics, welcomes in general the government’s proposals to provide for legal recognition of same-sex partnerships.”
The Archdiocese of Westminster has appointed a chaplain to be in attendance at Quest’s conference, Fr Francis Wahle, described by Quest as the Diocese of Westminster’s representative for Catholics who feel alienated from the Church.’
Protect the Pope comment: First The Tablet reveals that Cardinal-elect Nichols was under pressure from the Holy See about the Soho Masses and now Queering the Church reveals that Cardinal-elect Nichols has had meetings with the homosexual group banned by Cardinal Hume for dissenting from the Church’s teaching. Why all these revelations about Cardinal-elect Nichols and the gay Catholic community on the day of Pope Francis’ announcement?